In 2015, civil service employment stabilisedCivil Service employment - December 2015

At the end of 2015, the French civil service employed 5.65 million persons including subsidised contracts, that is 7,000 more over one year (0.1%). Excluding subsidised contracts, employment was stable at 5.45 million, after a rise of 0.3% in 2014.

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Paru le : 16/12/2016

At the end of 2015, the French civil service employed 5.65 million persons including subsidised contracts, that is 7,000 more over one year (0.1%). Excluding subsidised contracts, employment was stable at 5.45 million, after a rise of 0.3% in 2014.

Converted to full-time equivalents, annual employment incl. subsidised contracts increased by 0.3%, more weakly than in 2014 (1.2%), and reached 5.29 million.

In the state civil service, the total workforce increased slightly at the end of 2015 (+0.1% in ministries like in public administrative establishments) after being stable in 2014. In public establishments, the sharp fall of subsidised contracts (−4.3%) limited the overall increase. Excluding subsidised contracts, the workforce increase by 0.7%. In ministries, the overall slight rise was due to the workforce growth in ministries of National Education, Higher Education and Research (+1.1%) and Justice (+1.2%). However, employment decreased in most of the other ministries, particularly in the Ministry of Ecology (−5.2%) with −3.8% because of transfers to the local civil service and, to a lesser extent, in ministries of Economy and Finance (−1.8%) and Defense (−1.3%).

In the local civil service, employment slowed down substantially (+0.1% after +1.5% in 2014, incl. subsidised contracts). It climbed in régions and départements (+1.2%) that included the métropole de Lyon created in 2015 in the départemental perimeter. It decreased in the communal sector (−0.2%). However, at constant scope the workforce increased by 0.1% in each sector. Excluding subsidised contracts, the local civil service decreased in 2015 (−0.3%).

In the hospital civil service, employment slowed down too in 2015 (+0.3% after +0.9% in 2014, incl. subsidised contracts). The workforce was almost unchanged in hospitals (+0.1%) and dynamic in medico-social establishments (+1.5%).

tableau1 – Civil Service employment

Civil Service employment
Level in thousands Change (in %)
2015 (p) 2013-2014 2014-2015 (p)
Workforce as at December 31 (1)
State Civil Total, incl. subsidised contracts 2,477.5 0,0 0.1
Service excl. subsidised contracts 2,398.0 -0.3 0.2
Local Civil Total, incl. subsidised contracts 1,984.2 1.5 0.1
Service excl. subsidised contracts 1,889.3 0.8 -0.3
Hospital Civil Total, incl. subsidised contracts 1,186.9 0.9 0.3
Service excl. subsidised contracts 1,163.5 0.7 0.2
Civil Total, incl. subsidised contracts 5,648.6 0.7 0.1
Service excl. subsidised contracts 5,450.9 0.3 0.0
Workload in full-time equivalent (2)
Civil Total, incl. subsidised contracts 5,294.8 1.2 0.3
Service excl. subsidised contracts 5,150.3 0.5 0.1
  • (p): provisional
  • (1) Final main jobs as at December 31
  • (2) All active jobs in the year
  • Scope: France
  • Sources: INSEE, Siasp

tableau2 – Civil Service employment per employer

Civil Service employment per employer
In thousands 2015 (p) Year-on-year change (in %) (p)
Workforce as at December 31 incl. subsidised contacts incl. subsidised contacts excl. subsidised contacts
State Civil Service
Ministries 1,914.8 0.1 0.1
Public administrative establishments 562.6 0.1 0.7
Local Civil Service
Régions et départements 459.4 1.2 (0.1*) 1.2 (-0.1*)
Communal sector 1,524.9 -0.2 (0.1*) -0.7 (0.4*)
Hospital Civil Service
Hospitals 1,041.4 0.1 0.1
Medico-social establishments 145.5 1.5 1.1
  • (p): provisional
  • * variation neutralizing the effect of the Métropole de Lyon creation
  • Scope: final main jobs as at December 31, France
  • Sources: INSEE, Siasp